Creosote Results of Installing an Insulated Stainless Liner

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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: 1981 efm wcb-24 in use 365 days a year
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Chestnut
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Location: Lehigh Valley, PA

Post Fri. May. 23, 2008 11:01 am

My first year of using my wood boiler with a 7X7 clay liner resulted in alot of creosote. It was even growing outside the top of my 25 foot chimney. Except for initial firing of wood, the stack temperature was hanging around 150 degrees.

I ordered a smooth, rigid, stainless liner from Olympia in Scranton and applied 1/2" of ceramic wool around it and dropped it down the chimney last August. All of this winter, it was burning at the same 150 degrees and I was wondering how the chimney was looking. So, yesterday I cleaned the pipes and looked up from the bottom and was pleasantly surprised to see no creosote or anything at all inside the liner. I might have removed two cups of white ash from the base. The insulated liners really work.

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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Baseburners & Antiques: Sears Signal Oak 15 & Andes Kitchen Range
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert
Location: Stillwater, New Jersey

Post Sun. Jun. 01, 2008 8:13 pm

Agreed. If I hadn't switched to coal I would have ended up doing the same thing to the back chimney, burning the Kent wood stove consistently loaded up the chimney with creosote, I had to clean it monthly during the heating season and still had 3 chimney fires in 16 years. :mad: The last one required the services of the "We save foundations" fire department.

I am much happier with coal. :D

BTW I still have the Fisher insert in the fireplace for those cold days when I want to enjoy a nice wood fire.
Heating a circa 1832 farmhouse with a Harman Magnafire Mark I & a 1959 EFM 350 (heating DHW).
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